Uruguay Travel Budget

How much does it cost to travel to Uruguay?

How much money will you need for your trip to Uruguay? You should plan to spend around $U2,481 ($58) per day on your vacation in Uruguay, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, $U734 ($17) on meals for one day and $U703 ($16) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Uruguay for a couple is $U2,216 ($52). So, a trip to Uruguay for two people for one week costs on average $U34,737 ($813). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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A vacation to Uruguay for one week usually costs around $U17,369 for one person. So, a trip to Uruguay for two people costs around $U34,737 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs $U69,474 in Uruguay. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Uruguay can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Uruguay? How much money do I need for Uruguay?

How much does a trip to Uruguay cost? Is Uruguay expensive? The average Uruguay trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Uruguay prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Accommodation Budget in Uruguay
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The average price for one person for accommodation in Uruguay is $U1,108. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price for a hotel room in Uruguay is $U2,216.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Vacation Rental Prices in Uruguay

How much do vacation rentals cost in Uruguay? Prices vary by location, date, size of the place, and the level of luxury. See below for options.

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Food Budget in Uruguay
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Uruguay can vary, the average cost of food in Uruguay is $U734 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Uruguay should cost around $U294 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Uruguay is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Transportation Budget in Uruguay
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Uruguay is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $U703 per person, per day, on local transportation in Uruguay.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Intercity Transportation Budget in Uruguay
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  • Transportation between cities and towns in Uruguay costs an average of $U1,257. Naturally, prices vary by the length of the route, the type of transportation used, and the date.

  • Intercity Transportation1 Travel between cities

Flights to Uruguay
How much does it cost to go to Uruguay? Naturally, it depends on the dates. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all airlines.

Rental Cars in Uruguay
The price of renting a car in Uruguay will depends on dates, the type of car, the location, and your age. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all car rental companies.

Entertainment Budget in Uruguay
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Uruguay typically cost an average of $U483 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

Featured Activities

Alcohol Budget in Uruguay
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  • The average person spends about $U283 on alcoholic beverages in Uruguay per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Water Budget in Uruguay
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  • On average, people spend $U41 on bottled water in Uruguay per day. The public water in Uruguay is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Last Updated: Jun 9, 2021
Uruguay On a Budget
Uruguay Montevideo, Uruguay
In the wilds of South America is a small country full of an energy and vibrancy that any traveler will find enticing. Uruguay, meaning river of the colorful birds, is a country full of rich agricultural history among the locals, and a country to be desired by immigrants.

At a Glance
Uruguay is often referred to as the Switzerland of the South America due to its stable democracy and social benefits. It has low crime rates by South American standards, and is generally thought to be a great place to live.

The country is split into several regions. The Atlantic Coast is full of great beach resorts and the land crossing to Brazil, while the Rio de la Plata is home to the capital city of Montevideo and the gateway to Argentina. The Northern Interior is where you'll find the gaucho culture and citrus fields, and in the Central Interior is the hub for agriculture and the dams on the Rio Negro.

There are several options when it comes to transportation around the country of Uruguay. There is an extensive bus system that all operate out of Tres Cruces station. The buses are frequent, safe and very comfortable. Taxis are safe and fairly affordable as they all have meters and are fixed costs. If you get into a taxi without a meter, you may want to get out and find another taxi. To rent a car, most residents (including the US) only need their driver's license, passport and a credit card. Beware that gas is heavily taxed in Uruguay, and because of that the country is filled with fuel-efficient manual transmissions. Driving in Uruguay is similar to Europe, but with more roundabouts. Because of the prevalence of manual cars, many locals will jump the green light, so always stop at the yellow lights at an intersection.

The language of Uruguay is Spanish, and most do not use the English they learned in school. Outside Montevideo and Punta del Este, you'll be hard pressed to find an English speaker.


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Top Tourist Attractions
Uruguay's capital city, Montevideo, has plenty of sights to see and ways to fill the day. Wander Parliament Place and Independence Plaza, or take an adventure to the neighborhoods of Carrasco, Punta Gorda and Pocitos and stroll along the beaches and promenades. The city is littered with sections of old and new from the Puerta de la Ciudadela - the remnants of an old wall that once surrounded the city - all the way to the modern shops of Las Ramblas.

Another popular spot in Uruguay is the quiet, backpacker paradise of Punta del Diablo. While recent expansion has grown the area, most of it has stayed inland, leaving the coast to its peace and quiet it's known for. To avoid the crowds of tourists, visit Punta del Diablo during any time of the year outside of the winter. The first half of January, for example, has as many as 30,000 visitors up and down the beaches.

For the traveler who loves the animal kingdom, just north of La Paloma is Cabo Polonio. Here you can visit Uruguay's second largest sea lion colony. You'll find it near a fishing village surrounded by sand dunes. Declared a national park in 2009, this area is protected under Uruguay's SNAP program. Even though there have been a growing number of tourists to the area, Cabo Polonio is still one of the country's most rustic fishing villages. Keep in mind, this town has no banking and limited electricity.

Spanning across the Arroyo de las Vacas stream is the city of Carmelo. Founded in 1816 is a quiet town full of cobblestone streets and old homes. Add this city to your itinerary to enjoy the yachting, fishing and the Parana Delta. Just south of the arroyo is the pleasant getaway of Playa Sere. This beach is a great spot with a large park, open space, camping, swimming and casino.

Popular Foods
Uruguayan cuisine is primarily Spanish with a influences of Italian thanks to the country's long history of Italian immigration. The meat lovers will find plenty of options at the public markets, but there are also plenty of options for vegetarians.

Specialty dishes you'll want to look for include empanadas, gramajo, locally sourced steaks, chivito, asado, and sneak a little dulce de leche for dessert.

1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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